Mr John Barry > Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10153
United States


Head of Weil’s Employment Litigation practice.


John P. Barry is head of Weil’s Employment Litigation practice. A seasoned trial lawyer and trusted advisor with over 25 years of experience, John advises clients in connection with complex discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower complaints, and restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, including those involving non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, non-disclosure, clawback, and other remedial provisions. He has handled these issues in all 50 states and internationally. John represents companies across the industry spectrum, including financial services, private equity, hedge funds, alternative asset management funds, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, and technology.


Harvard University (B.A., cum laude); Boston University School of Law (J.D.)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s broad expertise in non-contentious employment and workplace matters complements its strength in labour litigation. The team provides management – including employers, boards, board committees, directors and executives – with assistance across the gamut of employment-related issues. Its lawyers have extensive experience in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The team is led by New York-based partner John Barry, who joined from Proskauer Rose LLP and brings experience in assisting clients with crisis management and business agreements. Gary Friedman and counsel Ami Zweig are other names to note. Jeffrey Klein retired from the firm in April 2021.

United States > Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

(Leading lawyers)

John Barry – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Based in New York, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is appreciated for having a ‘good understanding of client needs and nuances’ when acting for financial institutions, and public and private corporations, with notable experience handling discrimination, wage and hour, and restrictive covenant actions. Leading the practice is John Barry, who joined the team from Proskauer Rose LLP in September 2021. With over 30 years of experience, Gary Friedman is noted for his expertise in ‘complex employment related legal matters.’ Counsel Ami Zweig is recognized as an integral team member. In April 2021, Jeffrey Klein departed the firm to join Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP.


United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Praised by clients for their ‘incredibly strong’ performance in high-stakes cases, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines expertise from the firm’s employment, technology, IP, and litigation teams to advise on the full range of trade secret matters. In New York, John Barry – a September 2021 from Proskauer Rose LLP – is noted for his capabilities in the private equity and financial services sectors, representing data analytics companies and multinational tech entities in restrictive covenant disputes and misappropriation claims. Also in New York, first-chair trial lawyer Gary Friedman handles trade secrets litigation proceedings across the nation, most recently in the insurance and software sectors, while Nicholas Pappas is recommended for his capabilities in employment disputes at the state and federal level. In Boston, the ‘superb‘  Patrick O’Toole frequently works with various corporate clients and private equity firms on trade secret matters arising from transactions. The Silicon Valley-based Bambo Obaro heads up the firm’s trade secrets taskforce, variously advising clients on non-compete agreements and litigating in state and federal courts.